State officials have ordered 55 municipal water systems, including several in the Charlotte region, to enact water-conservation measures after they ran afoul of a new state drought-response law.
The law, enacted this summer, gives the state authority to review and approve water-shortage response plans that water systems were told to file by July 1.
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By today, 34 systems had still failed to file the plans, the N.C. Division of Water Resources said. Among those in the Charlotte region: Salisbury, Troutman, McAdenville, Claremont, East Spencer, Grover, Icard and Rhodhiss.
Systems without plans have to use state-written, conservation measures when they're affected by extreme or exceptional drought, as most are in the Charlotte region.